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Moving From LA to Portland

Published on 2022-08-05

moving from los angeles to portland

Moving to Portland? Oregon’s largest city is known for many things and one of such things is the abundance of strip clubs. We hope that is not the reason you are considering a move. Aside from its strip club abundance, Portland still has a lot to offer tourists, and you considering a move from Los Angeles to Portland. Amongst other things the city is a paradise for outdoor creations, has a pretty decent economy and it happens to be in one of the few states in the US where you never have to pay sales taxes. Now that you know this, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Things you need to know before dialing a Los Angeles to Portland moving company.

How much does it cost to move from Los Angeles to Portland Movers?

Moving from Los Angeles to Portland is an interstate move and such is charged per pound per distance. This means that no one can give you an exact amount. However, you can expect to spend between $2500 to $6000 using moving companies. The cost is impacted by the size of your apartment, the weight of your properties, the type of properties, and if you are opting for a full-service.

Cheapest ways to move from Los Angeles to Portland

Looking for cheaper alternatives for moving from Los Angeles to Portland? Here are a few to consider.

Renting a moving truck

Renting a moving truck costs between $1500 to $2500 depending on the truck company you use. Between that cost and that of gasoline, you will have to spend up to $3500 for a 962-mile drive to Portland. The catch is, that you have to be willing to drive the distance from Los Angeles to Portland. So, though cheaper, you will be trading comfort for saving cost. The cost of renting a truck can also be affected by the size of the truck you rent.

Sell off items

The fewer properties you have, the cheaper a move with a moving company will be. And the best way to get rid of some of that household properties is by selling them off. You can auction heavy items such as couches on craigslist and eBay. However, this might not be the best option if you are moving for commercial purposes. It might not be logical to sell off heavy machinery during a move only to purchase it again at the new destination.

Hiring a containers

Hiring a container for a month can be as cheap as $2000. This makes it one of the cheapest ways you can move any distance. However, you will still have to either hire labor for packing and loading or do it yourself. The good part is, if you are hiring for a month, you have a whole month to take things slow, packing and unpacking

Request quotes from multiple moving companies

If you aren’t looking for last minute movers, you can take your time and compare prices before opting for a moving company. You can request a quote from moving for free and get an estimate on what a full move will cost you. Rates can differ from business to business; so you have the liberty to opt for the best pricing.

How to identify great moving companies

There is quite a number of unprofessional movers and scammers out there. To avoid cases of missing properties, held-up properties on borders, and other issues that might result from choosing the wrong company; these tips will help you choose the right moving company.


License is especially a very important factor for an interstate moving company. This license is required by the FMCSA to keep track of a moving company’s insurance, crashes, road safety adherence, and more. You can check if a moving company is licensed via their USDOT number. This number you can find on their website or request it from the moving company. You can then run this number over the FMCSA website to check for its validity and correspondence with road safety practices. 

Online presence

While there are a lot of scams on the internet, any savvy individual can spot a fake business online. When vetting a moving company, ensure they have an active call line and have reviews from other individuals or businesses who have used their service.

Moving From Portland To Los Angeles

We can help you move from Portland to Los Angeles as well. The difference is just the starting point and the ending point. Since we are movers operating in Portland as well as LA, this difference doesn’t affect the overall moving cost as the moving process and the distance also remain the same.

Los Angeles, CA includes the following zip codes:

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Portland, OR includes the following zip codes:

97086, 97201, 97202, 97203, 97204, 97205, 97206, 97207, 97208, 97209, 97210, 97211, 97212, 97213, 97214, 97215, 97216, 97217, 97218, 97219, 97220, 97221, 97222, 97223, 97224, 97225, 97227, 97228, 97229, 97230, 97231, 97232, 97233, 97236, 97238, 97239, 97240, 97242, 97250, 97251, 97252, 97253, 97254, 97256, 97266, 97267, 97268, 97269, 97280, 97281, 97282, 97283, 97286, 97290, 97291, 97292, 97293, 97294, 97296, 97298

Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at [email protected]

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